JANUARY 2016 VOL. 20 ISSUE 1 W ritten B y THE MAGAZINE OF THE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST © F INDING THE F UNNY ON THE 101 22 BORN TO BE WILDE BY LOUISE FARR Never heard of Hagar Wilde? The mystery co-writer of Bringing Up Baby was a wild woman. 28 MAKE ’EM LAUGH 38 WHERE DID HE GO RIGHT? BY LISA ROSEN Blazing away with the amazing Mel Brooks on Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein. 42 THE BURDEN OF COLUMNS 8 BREAKING THROUGH Long before The Big Short, he sold cars. BY ADAM M c KAY BY PAUL BROWNFIELD A warm-up for the 101 Funniest Screenplays. 30 WOODY’S TOOLBOX BY RICHARD STAYTON From Anhedonia to Annie Hall, Woody Allen shares trade secrets. IDOLATRY BY F.X. FEENEY Why J. Edgar Hoover stalked Charlie Chaplin. 48 STRANGE LOVES BY NILE SOUTHERN It’s not amazing that Stanley Kubrick and Terry Southern made Dr. Strangelove— it’s a miracle. 12 TAKE FIVE BY DAVID GRITTEN Matt Charman bridges the stage/screen divide. 16 THE JOB BY SARAH KERNOCHAN The writer as dedicated driver . 20 NEXT BY CHARLES B. SLOCUM The prognosis is good: Neilsen’s overnights died. DEPARTMENTS 2 FADE IN 56 FADE OUT Contents image from The Producers, written by Mel Brooks, ranked No. 12 on the 101 Funniest Screenplays list.